Burundi Mikuba : Long Miles Coffee Project
A relationship coffee is a coffee that we bring in, not only because it tastes amazing, but because we value the relationship we have with that producer. This is our fourth year working with Ben & Kristy Carlson and we love the work their entire family is doing in Burundi. They are an incredible resource to their farming community, and really know how to support their partner farmers & their families. This is our first Relationship Coffee of the year, so be on the lookout for others that fit our criteria for Relationship Coffee. To learn about this coffee & understand its origin, please keep reading below.
Like many other hills in Burundi, Mikuba was a battlefield during the reoccurring cycles of war and violence. Sadly, this is how the hill became known as Mikuba, meaning “disaster” in the local language of Kirundi. When you ask farmers how they feel about living on a hill named disaster, they will tell you that it is a part of their history that cannot be erased. They have not given up hope on the hill they call home. Since the end of the war, farming families have slowly returned to rebuild their homes and land, happy to be back in its soils. The people of Mikuba are determined to develop as a community so that there is hope for future generations on the hill.
THE SCOUTS: Coffee scout Astille is working together with Mikuba coffee farmers, helping them to understand the importance of using fertilizer and planting other crops. She has single-handedly created two nurseries on Mikuba hill that farmers can collect shade tree seedlings from to plant alongside their coffee.
CHALLENGES: Mikuba grows almost everything its people love to eat but it struggles with the stability of its soils. The steepness of the hill causes the good soil to erode into the valley below during rainy season which makes it difficult for farmers to grow their crops. Astille is teaching farmers to plant green manures to help return nutrients to the hill’s soils.
FUTURE: The people of Mikuba hill dream of better roads to make traveling to school, reaching the local hospital and walking to the washing station less of a hardship.
- Hill Profile : Long Miles Coffee Project
- Producer: Long Miles Coffee Project
- Origin: Heza Washing Station, Kayanza, Burundi
- Varietal: Jackson, Bourbon
- Altitude: 1870-2036M
- Harvest: December 2017